Thanks to everyone at the HONK! Festival! Especially Mike Bade, who art directed the project that included almost 20 illustrations by me, and Jenny Brover (jennybroverdesign.com), who collaborated on the poster design and did an amazing job coloring the poster. Best of all, they managed to pay me for this just in time to get me to Italy! I love it when a plan comes together! Thanks for all of your help. HONK! rules!
The map I created for the recent Ramones' 40th Anniversary exhibition at the Queens Museum is now available as an art print! This is the first time anything I drew has been made available as a silkscreen print. (I have had a few digital prints available in limited editions, but this this is going to be produced on a different level). Here are the specifications:
Signed and limited edition of 100
Scale 1:1 as the Map at Queens Size: 27,35" x 20,85"
Color: White Ivory Grammage: 260 gsm
I keep hearing crazy stories about the popularity of the Ramones show at the Queens Museum and the map image: The last weekend was packed to the gills, the Queens Museum ran out of maps (for the second time), people were lined up just to look at the map. This is by far the most popular image I have ever created so if you want a piece of (punk art) history, send an email to:
A special limited edition, screen-printed t-shirt is available now featuring the "Surfing' Brudders" (see above). It's a pre-shrunk, jersey knit, available in all sizes (S to 3XL) and in four colors: Blue, tan, light gray, and dark gray. Email for details: email@example.com
The images above are from my "Cosmic Wake" comic strip, created for the Will Eisner "Gallery of New Comics" issue in 1974. For some weird reason, I always liked this strip. It represents the kind of work I might have created if not for the whole "punk" thing. http://stores.ebay.com/Stop-magazine
ABOVE: John Holmstrom's sketch of the Ramones' first LP cover shoot.
A disgruntled, ex-employee of PUNK Magazine recently accused me of using "computer-generated images" for my Queens Museum/Ramones "40th Anniversary Celebration" map while he and his enabler were blabbing about how wonderful and talented they are for writing a book they stole from Dee Dee Ramone on the Spencer Drate radio show: http://pleasekillme.com/gillian-mccain-and-legs-mcneil-on-red-velvet-media-radio/
The map was given away to thousands of Ramones fans who attended the event, appreciated the pictorial history of the Ramones, and was one of the most popular illustrations in the exhibition. I worked on this map for many months, and consulted with Monte Melnick and Mickey Leigh, the two most important Ramones people still alive, to make it as good as it could be. It contains many of my memories from working with the Ramones back in the day.
Apparently, this idiot doesn't realize that an artist's drawing styles change over time, nor that I might have an ability now, later into my art career, to recreate buildings and architectural landmarks in a realistic manner. This is an insulting statement. when you think about it. I have never questioned his writing ability, but he has always disregarded my artistic ability, even though I was the biggest booster to his writing career back in the 1970s and 1980s.
Anyhow, here are a few images that prove how wrong he is, and why he needs to SHUT UP about my artwork. Otherwise we will get into a very ugly feud, possibly a lawsuit: He has given some interviews that omit my involvement in creating the first Ramones LP cover art.
Here's my drawing of Liberty Island. Yes, I scanned these drawings into PhotoShop and added great scales. But anyone who would claim these were "computer-generated, as if I downloaded a photo and used PhotoShop cheats to produce the image is libelous and fraudulent. I think I deserve an apology at the least.
Above you can see my drawing of Radio City Music Hall. I actually visited the Ramones when they recorded their first album at Plaza Sound, the 7th floor recording studio where Blondie also recorded "Plastic Letters," their first LP (and also where we photographed a lot of scenes for PUNK #15: "Mutant Monster Beach Party."). Obviously this is NOT a "computer-generated" image, it is an original drawing based on photo reference.
I started PUNK Magazine in 1975 as founding editor, art director, production manager etc.--everything except "Resident Punk." I also created the "Joe" comic strip for Scholastic. Later worked on 'zines like Comical Funnies and STOP!, somehow lasted 13 years at HIGH TIMES magazine. Stay tuned for news about current projects.